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VaNews for Joseph Johnson

Joe Johnson says farewell

By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

One of the first things Joe Johnson plans to do after the first of the year is to change his license plate. “I’m going to be trading my ‘7’ for ‘1164,’” the retiring state delegate said. “I want to get rid of that ‘7’ because it’s over, it’s finished.”

VaNews December 30, 2013

Community fetes longtime Va. Delegate Joe Johnson

By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Joe Johnson shook hands as he smiled into the faces of those gathered to celebrate his long service to the community. Johnson, 81, served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for nearly 30 years, and will retire at the end of December. He was feted Thursday night at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, where more than a hundred people gathered to shake his hand, offer their congratulations and thank him for the work he's done for Southwest Virginia.

VaNews November 15, 2013

Del, Johnson withdraws AG request on The Falls project

By DAVID MCGEE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

A Virginia delegate’s request for a state attorney general’s opinion on the constitutionality of The Falls project has been withdrawn, removing a potential hurdle for the massive commercial center. State Delegate Joe Johnson, D-Abingdon, said Wednesday he asked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to disregard a July 19 request concerning The Falls near Interstate 81’s Exit 5.

VaNews October 24, 2013

Democratic Caucuses for 4th, 5th House of Delegate seat cancelled

By KEVIN CASTLE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Regional Democrats have not found a candidate to fill the seat of retiring 4th District Delegate Joe Johnson and have cancelled an unassembled Caucus scheduled for Saturday, officials said Friday.

VaNews May 18, 2013

GOP Candidate seeking Delegate Joe Johnson's seat

By STAFF REPORTS, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

A Hansonville farmer and attorney is making plans to put a Republican into the 4th district House seat being vacated this year by longtime Democratic Delegate Joe Johnson. Ben Chafin, 52, was the only hopeful to petition for the spot, according to the chair of the District 4 GOP group.

VaNews April 10, 2013

Chafin unopposed as GOP candidate for District 4 Va. House seat

Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Ben Chafin, a farmer and attorney from Hansonville, Va., will be the Republican candidate for the District 4 House of Delegates seat. No one else petitioned for the spot, said Josh Evans, chairman of the District 4 GOP group. The deadline was 5 p.m Thursday.

VaNews March 29, 2013

Russell Co. attorney to run for 4th District Va. House seat

By ALLIE ROBINSON, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Russell County attorney and farmer Ben Chafin announced Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 4th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Augustus Benton Chafin Jr., 52, of Hansonville, Va., said his background in business and economic development make him a good man for the job.

VaNews March 19, 2013

Southwest Virginia delegate ending service 'while I'm ahead'

By DAVID MCGEE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Delegate Joe Johnson can recall innumerable good memories from his 28 years in the Virginia General Assembly. "It brings tears to your eyes to be part of something that helps somebody," Johnson said Tuesday. "It's just a great joy and a pleasure for the 28 years I've served this area." Although his handshake remains firm, the Abingdon Democrat will not seek another two-year term. He plans to serve until Jan. 1.

VaNews February 27, 2013

House, Senate advance bills ending monthly gun cap

By BOB LEWIS, Associated Press

A law Virginia passed a generation ago to end the states' reputation as a haven for gun runners is on the verge of being repealed. On a largely party-line vote, the House passed Wednesday with a 66-32 vote the measure to end the law that limits handgun purchases to one a month.

VaNews February 2, 2012

Southwest Virginia and Tennessee lawmakers predict more budget cuts to come

By DAVID MCGEE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Despite current revenue surpluses in Virginia and Tennessee, lawmakers from both states predicted Tuesday that additional budget cuts will be needed when state legislatures return to session this month. Federal health care mandates, possible reductions in federal services and – in Virginia – addressing long-delayed state employee retirement costs – could offset any gains that both states made during the current fiscal year, a panel of lawmakers said during a legislative breakfast hosted by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce at King College.

VaNews January 5, 2012